Contents and Arrangement

Notebooks and Cambridge Course Notes, 1950s, 1970-2008

1 box
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The order of materials at the time of their transfer has been retained.

Collection History


No materials were separated during 2011 processing.

When materials from the 2021 addition were incorporated in 2022, commercial materials and materials that are available elsewhere were removed and returned to the donor. These included a VHS and U-matic tape, fifteen optical discs.

A retirement award from Bell Labs and doctoral student dissertations gifted to Philip W. Anderson were removed and returned to the donor in 2022.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein in 2011. Finding aid written by Regine Heberlein in 2011.

In 2022, materials from the 2021 addition were processed and described by Amy C. Vo. Loose papers were foldered in archival folders, and materials in hanging folders were rehoused with creator-supplied titles transcribed.

Materials from an undocumented donation were found in repository in 2022. These materials were incorporated into the collection by Amy C. Vo in 2023.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research with the exception of the student files, which are closed due to FERPA restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Notebooks and Cambridge Course Notes; Philip W. Anderson Papers, C1405, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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